Worker on a assembly line

How to make good assembly line work instructions?

Every employee has a slightly different way of doing things. Each has a different background, different experience, different depth of skill, and a slightly different work process—and that introduces variation into a company’s workflow. The larger your operation, the more variation works its way into the production line. Work instructions are key to reducing variation, …

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What are the signs your work instructions need an upgrade?

Research has shown that accidents in the workplace happen more frequently due to errors in systems rather than people. By writing clear work instructions, companies can improve their systems and reduce the number of accidents. Improving systems starts with looking at a company’s work instructions and standardized operating procedures (SOPs). Signs your work instructions need …

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What are quality checklists and how to use them?

A quality checklist is a checklist that gives information with regard to quality assurance activities. Information found on a quality assurance checklist are guides for identifying and planning quality assurance activities. Quality control inspection checklists serve two main purposes – 1. they outline quality standards and product requirements the company is expected to meet and …

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Example of a microfactory

Microfactories – the latest trend in manufacturing

A lot is happening in the automotive industries. Many manufactures are pivoting towards electric cars while trying to establish new supply chains that would be more resilient in today’s changing environment. But there’s another thing happening – we are seeing the emergence of microfactories. One of the most well known examples is the electric vehicle …

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